Craig Lauchner

Associate, Litigation Group

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Craig joined BoyarMiller’s Business Group in September 2016 after participating in the firm’s Summer Associate program in 2015. His practice consists of representing clients in a wide range of business and employment-related disputes.

Areas of Focus

  • Business litigation
  • Commercial litigation

Quick Facts

  • Graduate of The University of Texas School of Law
  • Graduate of Texas Tech University, magna cum laude

Craig joined BoyarMiller’s Business Group in September 2016 after participating in the firm’s Summer Associate program in 2015. His practice consists of representing clients in a wide range of business and employment-related disputes.

Craig has represented clients in matters involving partnership disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, and related business torts. He has also represented clients in employment-related claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination under the ADA, the ADEA, FMLA and the Texas Labor Code. Craig’s practice includes counseling and advising clients concerning employee policies and procedures, terminations, and compliance with the FLSA and FMLA.

Craig is a graduate of Texas Tech University and the University of Texas School of Law. While in law school, Craig proudly served as Managing Editor of Business for the Texas International Law Journal and he represented clients in federal immigration court through the law school’s Immigration Clinic. Prior to attending law school, Craig lived and worked in La Plata, Argentina from 2011–2013; he is highly proficient in Spanish.

Education

  • JD, The University of Texas School of Law
  • BA, Texas Tech University, magna cum laude

Business Litigation

  • Represented a startup in the bio algae industry in a dispute with a member and former manager of the LLC. Both sides sough injunctive relief on behalf of the LLC, each claiming to independently control the company, and filed simultaneous lawsuits in federal court for patent infringement and securities violations. The parties reached a creative and favorable settlement agreement which involved the drafting of a new company agreement, consulting agreement, and other corporate documents to protect the interests of the company’s investors.
  • Represented the owner of two retail stores in a dispute with an international textile distributor. The textile distributor has claimed a partnership interest in the retail stores and has sued for damages for alleged breach of contract and various business-related torts.
  • Representing a manufacturer of separation products installed in process units against claims made by a multi-national chemical manufacturing corporation seeking damages exceeding $10 million relating to alleged defects in design of the products and failures of the products installed.

Employment Litigation

  • Represented an international distributor of petrochemical decontamination products in the termination of an employee who had misappropriated proprietary and trade secret information, shared that information with a competitor, and attempted to divert ongoing customer relationships from the company. Counsel from Houston, Italy, Qatar, and Thailand worked together to draft termination documents to the employee and notice letters regarding post-employment obligations to the competitors and customers which complied with relevant laws in all four countries.
  • Representing an international petrochemical services company in a dispute with a former contractor involving the contractor’s entitlement to post-termination commissions.
  • On behalf of a major Texas-based insurance agency, drafted a successful brief in support of a temporary injunction. The court granted the injunction and prohibited the former employee from using confidential information the employee had removed from the agency’s computer system to operate a competing business.
  • Represented a national manufacturer-marketer of engineered pipe fittings in a wrongful termination dispute initiated by a former employee. The former employee has alleged wrongful termination on the basis of a perceived disability as well as the wrongful denial of medical leave under the FMLA.
  • Represented medical services professional in wrongful termination matter involving unique issues of disability, perceived disability, and failure to accommodate under the ADA and ADAAA.

Real Estate Litigation

  • Representing a Texas-based home builder in AAA arbitration against construction defect claims made by a home buyer.
  • Represented a regional shopping mall developer in a Landlord/Tenant dispute.